Scammers, bots dominate threat landscape ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday
- Thursday, 24th November, 2022
As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, cybersecurity experts and the U.S. government are warning consumers to beware of scams, and retailers are being informed of bots scooping up troves of inventory.
On Wednesday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said the holiday shopping season is a “prime opportunity” for scammers and cybercriminals to take advantage of shoppers through fake websites, malicious links, and even fake charities in an effort to steal information and money.
CISA suggested shoppers follow basic cybersecurity advice: always use multi-factor authentication, double check website addresses and make sure any emails offering sales are legitimate.
“By following a few guiding principles like checking your devices, shopping from trusted sources, using safe purchasing methods, and following basic cyber hygiene like multi-factor authentication, you can drastically improve your online safety when shopping online for gifts this year,” CISA Director Jen Easterly said.